Faith, From First to Last

From Pastor’s Desk:
Romans 1:17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
“from first to last” or from the time you began walking by faith until this life is over. With that is the promise that the righteousness of God is revealed. A promise that if we live righteously our faith, which moves us step by step, we can make it.
However, don’t miss the highly significant phrase “in the gospel.” It is there that faith, whereby we must live, is revealed, and nowhere else! Not in man’s interpretation of the gospel. Certainly not in the concepts of human thinking. Man cannot concoct a strategy of faith. To do so would be intellectually only.
Righteousness is a matter of the heart as is faith. The human mind, intellectually, is nowhere capable of living righteously. Wedo not have enough intellect, ingenuity, or reasoning to conjure up faith. We may set our mind to live righteously. Living by faith may be our fullest intent. Granted, the mind is very vital to the process. In fact, Paul’s “struggle” with self in Romans 7 gives full indication that there is no resource within that will suffice. He said in verse 25 “…with the mind I myself serve the law of God but with the flesh the law of sin.”
The same writer, in the same book declares that “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (10:17).
Remembering that the principle of living by faith began quite some time ago, as far back as Habakkuk 2:4, and echoing down through the annals of time, specifically, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, and Hebrews 10:38, it seems then that we should consider it vitally important to Christian living.
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